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10 cannabis strains to combat Crohn’s Disease and colitis

Published on December 2, 2014 · Last updated November 11, 2022

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are gastrointestinal disorders in a group of conditions known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract that can affect any part of the GI tract, from the mouth to the rectum, although it may skip certain areas of the intestine, leaving some healthy, while other parts suffer. Ulcerative colitis is a very similar disease in the IBD group of disorders, but it only affects the colon, affecting only the innermost lining of the colon.

The telltale symptoms of Crohn’s disease:

  • Persistent diarrhea
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain and cramps
  • Constipation
  • Urgent need to move bowels
  • Sensation of incomplete evacuation or “rectal tenesmus” (Hey, you learned a new word!)

Other signs that are associated with IBD:

  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Loss of menstrual cycle in women

Sounds terrible, doesn’t it? These are painful, life-altering disorders, which is why Crohn’s disease and colitis are specified as qualifying conditions for medical cannabis in nearly half of all medical marijuana states.

These symptoms can be controlled somewhat through diet, but often cannabis offers some of the best relief for the most severe symptoms—cramps, nausea, loss of appetite, etc.

Without further ado, here are the top strains for your symptoms, according to Leafly reviews:

Jean Guy

Jean Guy cannabis strain

A fan favorite in Canada, Jean Guy (pronounced “Jawn Gee”) is a sativa-dominant strain known for its high THC content and energizing effects. A great one to start your day cramp-free.

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Hog’s Breath

Hog's Breath cannabis strain

Hog’s Breath is a strain with roots tracing back to Kush landraces. It is known for its potency against pain and anxiety—a good strain to relax after a long work day.

Medicine Man

Medicine Man lives up to its name by delivering potent pain relief with high levels of THC. This strain is closely related to the master of the indica jungle–White Rhino.

Hash Plant

Hash Plant is known for an abundance of trichomes and a heavy body stone. This strain has a reputation for blissful euphoria, as well as easing pain and inflammation associated with Crohn’s and colitis.

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson cannabis strain

Willie Nelson is named for the Red-Headed Stranger himself. This strain offers a clear-headed, energetic high known to incite creativity, as well as a decent case of the munchies.


Chemo cannabis strain

Chemo is just as sedative as you might imagine–a heavy body high that’s perfect for chronic pain. Take note: the munchies are strong with this one. If you have stomach cramps or trouble eating, this strain will inspire your appetite.

Lemon Jack

Lemon Jack cannabis strain

Lemon Jack is a cross between the famed Jack Herer and Lemon Kush, and offers potent effects. Lemon Jack is a daytime strain almost as strong as a cup of coffee, but without the harsh stomach irritation. It’s recommended for consumers who suffer from fatigue.

Golden Pineapple

Golden Pineapple cannabis strain

Golden Pineapple is as delightful as it sounds. A hybrid that delivers uplifting, creative effects with a delicious fruity taste, it can offer relief from stress and anxiety without causing fatigue.

Confidential Cheese

Confidential Cheese cannabis strain

Confidential Cheese is born of the legendary LA Confidential and Exodus Cheese. It can offer powerful pain relief, as well as relief from insomnia. Great for winding down before bedtime, Confidential Cheese may also subdue painful muscle spasms and cramps.


K2 cannabis strain

K2 is named for the world’s second highest mountain peak, which makes sense, as it comes from two of the greats–White Widow and Hindu Kush. K2 is known to increase appetite and calm nausea.

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Lisa Rough
Lisa Rough
Lisa is a former associate editor at Leafly, where she specialized in legislative cannabis policy and industry topics.
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